April 16th 2014 - At 0845H this morning, the Royal Malaysian Navy auxiliary vessel Bunga Mas 6 departed from operation jetty in Pangkalan TLDM Lumut, Perak.
Deployment of Bunga Mas 6 form as part of the search and rescue effort to find the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean southern corridor as logistic support vessel,joining 6 other Royal Malaysian Navy vessels, together with multinational forces in the ocean region.
The merchant container vessel turned auxiliary vessel owned by MISC Berhad previously engaged in OP FAJAR protecting Malaysian flagged merchant vessel against the threat of Somali pirate in the Gulf Of Aden, and later on formed as part of radar picket and blockading force in the aftermath of Lahad Datu incident, protecting territorial waters off Sabah East Coast.
In his speech Laksamana Madya Dato Mohammad Roslan mentioned Bunga Mas 6 will make a stop over in Singapore before proceeding to the Southern Corridor to provide logistic support to the current multinational naval forces engage in search and rescue effort totalling 18 ships from Malaysia, Australia, the People Republic of China, United Kingdom and United States along with 19 aircraft.
Bunga Mas 6 will provide logistic support to other vessel in the area and will aslo formed as part of the search and rescue effort.
He stressed that the crew should at all times uphold safety, discipline and pride in their duties as this is a task of a global proportion that caught the attention of worldwide media.
In an interview with the media, deployment of Bunga Mas 6 are in line with the HANRUH policy where national shipping line MISC Berhad together with the Royal Malaysian Navy get their sources together in this effort. He also mentioned that Bunga Mas 6 is expected to arrive in the Southern Corridor on April 25th 2014.
Bunga Mas 6 is crewed by Naval Reserve personnel whom also employee of MISC Berhad, commandeered by Commander Kuharaj Jayaraj, along with 2 medical officer and staff forming the Medical Team from the Army.
Bunga Mas 6 or BM6 was part of Mas class container vessel owned by MISC Berhad which was converted in MMHE (Malaysian Marine and Heavy Engineering) to fulfill the naval forces requirement to have a surface platform capable of long range and long endurance capabilities suitable for high seas, open ocean operation such as merchant escort operation during the height of Somali pirate threats in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.
The said capabilities is also suitable for operations such as search and rescue where it could stay in the search area much longer than warships..
Currently, her sistership Bunga Mas 5 is in the Gulf of Aden engage in OPS FAJAR.
Well Forward BM6